Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the mean precipitation received across the locations monitored in Manitoba's weekly Crop Weather Report since May 1 by region of the province, as measured against the primary vertical axis. The brown line with markers represents the mean percent of the 30-year average that this precipitation represents for each region, measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN chart by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Manitoba producers continue to face weather challenges, with the week ahead showing a potential for more unwelcome precipitation. Three of five regions of the province have seen well-above normal precipitation since May 1, while precipitation varies widely from the northwest of...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Most crop areas of North Dakota and southern Manitoba had crop-damaging snow of around 2 to 3 feet in the record-breaking October blizzard. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The crop weather scene in mid-October features the aftermath of damaging blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains during the Oct. 10-12 time frame.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    About 3.1 million in about 1.68 million homes who would lose their food aid under USDA's plan to overhaul SNAP rules. According to USDA, the plan would also force roughly 500,000 kids to lose free lunches at schools as well. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services on Wednesday afternoon will hold a hearing asking USDA's deputy undersecretary for nutrition about USDA's proposed cuts to free school meals.

  • Sort & Cull

    A Montana farmer in January 2018 signs a Farmers for Free Trade sign at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. DTN's Urban Lehner says farmers shouldn't go overboard with enthusiasm over trade deals with Japan and China. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Farmers and ranchers are rightfully happy with the trade deals with Japan and China. But they shouldn't go overboard in their enthusiasm.

  • Technically Speaking

    On the move lower this summer, a good deal of volume exchanged hands around $4.11 1/2, an area to watch should the current rally effort continue. (DTN Prophet X chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is a federal, bipartisan, independent adjudicatory board established in 1996 to assume some of the regulatory functions (mainly rail issues) that had been administered by the Interstate Commerce Commission when the ICC was abolished in 1995. Pictured is a BNSF train traveling along the Northern Transcon. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    The Surface Transportation Board recently announced it is issuing a series of decisions on demurrage and accessorial rules and charges, a long-standing issue that has been slow to resolve.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    A Montana farmer in January 2018 signs a Farmers for Free Trade sign at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. DTN's Urban Lehner says farmers shouldn't go overboard with enthusiasm over trade deals with Japan and China. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Farmers and ranchers are rightfully happy with the trade deals with Japan and China. But they shouldn't go overboard in their enthusiasm.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Every batch of soup I make tastes a little different because I don't measure the seasonings, preferring to measure them by eye. Machine learning satellite models are much the same. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Rachel Johnson)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Two machine-learning models that incorporate large amounts of data produce two very different corn yield estimates, and it's a good reminder that in all crop estimates, the recipe is in the soup.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The Governors Biofuels Coalition is asking President Donald Trump to take additional actions to help the biofuels industry. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    The Governors' Biofuels Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to take a number of executive actions on biofuels.

  • MachineryLink

    Screenshot from a reported John Deere dealer event in Spain last month revealed an image of the 8RX on a giant screen. (Photo courtesy of Farm Connexion)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere's 8RX will debut at AGRITECHNICA 2019 in November in Hanover, Germany.

  • Production Blog

    It's good to harvest lots of information when shooting for top soybean yields, but it is missed opportunity if you aren't reading your own fields for yield clues. (DTN Photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Study the behaviors of the yield contest winners, but concoct your own recipe base.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Weighted number of soybean pods per 18 square foot area vs. the implied pod weight (grams/pod) and the weighted soybean yield for 11 objective soybean states.

  • Editors' Notebook

    ShayLe Stewart is bringing her livestock market knowledge and straight-shooting delivery to DTN. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    We welcome new Livestock Analyst ShayLe Stewart to the DTN analyst team.

  • South America Calling

    Combines roll during soybean harvest in Mato Grosso, Brazil, last February. As fires rage in the Amazon rainforest, Cargill Inc., a major soybean buyer in Brazil, is under fire as groups claim Cargill and other agribusinesses drive deforestation in Brazil. Cargill sees a distinction between rainforest and Cerrado lands in parts of the country. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Cargill, the largest private company in the U.S., is increasingly under pressure for its sourcing of soybeans and other agricultural commodities in Brazil. At least one environmental group has branded Cargill the "worst company on the planet" after Cargill came out and said it...